FloridaKeys HAPPENINGS! Stone Crab Season, Bartender’s Open, Tennessee Williams in Key West, Florida Keys Discovery Center presents Clyde Butcher and so much more!!!!!all with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas!
The Florida Keys / October 15 – May 15
Stone Crab Season
Those succulent claws, brought to shore fresh daily from the waters surrounding the Florida Keys, will drip with drawn butter and mustard sauce on the chins of hungry locals and visitors. A series of food festivals during the season celebrate the sustainable seafood resource throughout the Keys.
The Upper Keys:
In Key Largo and Islamorada, where KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts and Marinas has two exclusive locations -Mariners Resort Villas & Marina and the Historic Tavernier Inn
Islamorada / January 23 – March 9
Renowned landscape photographer and environmentalist Clyde Butcher will showcase the natural beauty of Cuba in images of the island’s most remote and mountainous island locations during a traveling exhibit at the Keys History & Discovery Center, located at the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost, at MM 82. Butcher is best known for his evocative black and white photographs of Florida wetlands. The exhibit also will include images from Butcher’s Florida Keys photography collection. The museum opens Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $12.
Contact: Rich Russell 305-522-0948
Key Largo / February 4 – 5
A large regional charity competition that typically draws more than 200 anglers, the challenge offers ten trophies, including first-, second- and third-place teams, grand champion and runner-up grand champion anglers. Entry fee includes fishing, kick-off party and awards banquet. Poor Girls events are held in conjunction with Casting for Cats, a volunteer group who freely gives time and support for the feral cats of the Upper Keys. The non-profit charity donates all the money raised for stays in the Upper Keys at the spay/neuter clinic and caring for feral cats. Female anglers compete for awards in numerous categories and divisions (bait, artificial and fly).
Contact: Sharon 305-393-6174; 305-664-2012
Islamorada / February 7 – 9
In this light-tackle challenge, awards await the grand champion team (boat), first runner-up and second runner-up team, captain and mate, as well as those recognizing the high-point angler, outstanding catch, largest tuna, dolphin and kingfish, most tagged sailfish and hard luck.
Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337
Islamorada / February 7 – 9
Part of the History of Diving Museum’s new ‘Dive into History’ quarterly event series; “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” is a commemoration of 60 years since the release of the Disney classic as well as Jules Verne and the Nautilus. Activities are to include movie screenings, a Jules Verne birthday party with Victorian ball, a costume contest, a scale replica of the Nautilus and more. Admission to most ‘Dive into History’ events is free, and all events are open to the public. The History of Diving Museum, dedicated to collecting, preserving and displaying artifacts, antiques and photographs that relate to diving and its heritage, is a unique showcase of mankind’s attempts to explore, understand and venture under the sea.
Islamorada / February 8
For 27 years, the Seminar Series has been one of the nation’s most popular educational course on recreational marine fishing tactics and techniques. Hosted by George Poveromo, host of George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing on the NBC Sports Network, and Editor-At-Large for Salt Water Sportsman, the event is to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., inside the Performing Arts Center at the Coral Shores High School (89901 Overseas Highway). Fishing specialists, offshore and back country pros and light tackle legends are to join the lineup of course presentations. Tickets are $55 per person.
Islamorada / February 9
Enjoy an open Bluegrass Jam for all ages and skill levels. Come to listen, pick or just enjoy a beautiful afternoon in the park. From 1-5 p.m., at Southwinds Park, MM 82.1.
Contact: Robby McClung 305-587-0901
Islamorada / February 9 – 10
Bartender’s Sailfish Open
A boat tournament among actively employed bartenders and their restaurant employee co-workers, this locals’ favorite challenge offers trophy awards and bragging rights to winning bars. A hilariously competitive event, the tournament kicks off at the Island Grill from 4-8 p.m. Fishing is on Monday with a grand awards party on the beach at the Island Grill starting at 7 p.m. Entry fee is $125 per angler. Entry is limited to actively employed bar and restaurant employees who are on the schedule at least one day per week. Teams are limited to 5 anglers per boat. Over the years teams have come from all over the country to represent their bars. Prizes are awarded to the top three bars as well as the top four anglers. Other fun prizes are awarded to hard luck and outstanding catches.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
Islamorada / February 11
She has been the featured pianist with such orchestras as the Seoul Symphony, the Shanghai Symphony, Royal Irish Academy Symphony and the Russia St. Petersburg Radio Broadcast Orchestra. Winner of the Chopin Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 2009, Soo-Yeon Ham has been praised for her powerful yet graceful performance. Performance is located at Island Community Church, on US1 at mile marker (MM) 83.3, bayside. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7 p.m. and concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Contact: (305) 240-0061 or (305) 451-0665
The Middle Keys:
In the Middle Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts and Marinas has the Village at Hawks Cay Villas on Duck Key, Indigo Reef Resort Villas & Marina and the Coral Lagoon Resort Villas & Marina vacation rentals in Marathon
Marathon / January 16 – February 8
This Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzles on stage. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial. Show dates Jan. 16, 17, 18, 23-25, 30-31; Feb. 1,2 (matinee), 6-8. Visit theatre’s website for tickets. Showtime 8 p.m., matinee 3 p.m.
Marathon / February 5
Join the Miami Watercolor Society as together with Keys artists they spend the day on this historic island capturing its beauty. Meet at Knights Key, at the Pigeon Key Visitor Center, 9 a.m. Guided tour departs 10 a.m., returns 2:30 p.m. or 4 p.m.
Marathon / February 8 – 9
Local’s Art Show
The Locals Art Show, for years affectionately nicknamed the “Pigeon Poop Show” by Keys residents as an alternative to February’s Pigeon Key Art Fest, returns to Marathon this year! The outdoor show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. One of the most popular features at this show is the cast of Keys characters our guests encounter, as local artists are often found hard at work, painting and creating original works of art or perhaps even weaving palm fronds into hats right on site at their booths! This show features a variety of mediums with reputedly affordable prices ranging “from tens, to hundreds, of dollars” for the more discriminating buyer. Whatever your delight, you are sure to find something to enjoy at this colorful event. We hope to see you there! Admission and parking are free. Located at the K-mart Shopping Plaza, 5585 Overseas Hwy.
Contact: Glenn Lahti (305) 664-0001
Marathon / February 8 – 9
Artists and craftspeople are to exhibit their work from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at this weekend event, located at the Marathon Community Park, MM 49, that includes live music and delicious food; as an added value, patrons can retain their ticket stubs and redeem them for a buy-one-get-one-free ferry trip within one year of their show admission to the historic Pigeon Key, a tiny island where Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad workers lived in the early 1900s. The offer is good for one year. Event proceeds from the event are to benefit the Pigeon Key Foundation.
Contact: Denise DeCrow 440-477-7203
Marathon / February 10
She has been the featured pianist with such orchestras as the Seoul Symphony, the Shanghai Symphony, Royal Irish Academy Symphony and the Russia St. Petersburg Radio Broadcast Orchestra. Winner of the Chopin Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 2009, Soo-Yeon Ham has been praised for her powerful yet graceful performance. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7 p.m., and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance at San Pablo Church, 550 122nd Street.
Contact: (305) 240-0061 or (305) 451-0665
The Lower Keys:
In the Lower Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts and Marinas has the Coral Hammock Resort Villas and Kings Point Marina & Condominiums vacation rentals
Key West / November 1 – April 26
This stunning annual art exhibit showcases the work of leading contemporary sculptors at the 56-acre Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and the Key West Garden Club at West Martello Tower. Contemporary sculptures enhance the land and seascapes. Visit Web site for more information.
Key West / December 1 – April 30
Chiefly known as a playwright, Tennessee Williams also had an artistic flair for painting. To mark the 30-year anniversary of his death, the Custom House is exhibit a number of Williams’ paintings revealing a different facet of his life and his talents. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed Christmas.
Key West / December 1 – March 31
Taking inspiration from the famous Cole Porter musical, the Custom House will display a wide array of knickknacks, curios, ornaments, trinkets, baubles, tchotchkes and artwork owned by members of the local community. Their unique and quirky collections will be showcased alongside a narrative from the owners. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed Christmas.
Key West / January 3 – February 5
Foliage and Flora at Frangipani Gallery
“Foliage and Flora” is a show of new work by jewelry artist Jessica Wilson and acrylic painter Fran Decker. Wilson works with a relatively new material from reclaimed silver, Precious Metal Clay (PMC). Her latest work is inspired by jungle leaves and the smell of night air hanging heavy with the scents of flower blossoms. Fran’s new paintings this year explored the flora and fauna of the Keys. Meet the artists at a reception on Friday, Jan. 3rd, 6-9 p.m., at 1102A Duval as part of the Upper Duval Art Stroll. The show can be seen until February 5.
Key West / January 15 – March 26
Tropical Botanic Artists are the creative force behind “Botanical Exploration in the Everglades: Braving One of North America’s Last Frontiers,” and the exhibit is to be displayed at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, 33 E. Quay Rd., Key West, during open hours Tues – Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Sunday & Monday). Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public. The special exhibition features 28 original portraits of plants discovered in the Everglades by botanists in the 19th and 20th centuries, and given common and scientific names that reflect the identities of those intrepid plant explorers. The show includes graphite drawings of lichens that were discovered and named quite recently, and informational panels about botanical exploration, field collecting, how plants are named, and ways Everglades plants were and still are used by native peoples.
Key West / January 18 – February 15
A Pulitzer Prize finalist and nominated for 5 Tony Awards, Other Desert Cities is one of the most celebrated plays in recent Broadway history. A daughter returns home for a Christmas gathering after writing a tell-all book about a family secret. Other Desert Cities is a searing comedy with banter that dazzles and decimates. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Key West / January 28 – March 1
Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, this is a hilarious spoof of siblings living in Bucks County, Pa., and their movie star sister who comes for a visit with her newest boy toy. Throw in a psychic housekeeper, for good measure. Visit website for show times, tickets.
Key West / February 7 – 8
A 199 mile running event that will push you as far south as you can go in the continental U.S. Starting in Miami and finishing in Key West, this relay offers runners a unique opportunity to run near the oceanside and across the southern end of the state of Florida. Along the way you run across multiple bridges including the Seven Mile Bridge, hopping from Key to Key, passing through popular destinations such as Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon Key and Big Pine Key. The race (and your stamina) will wrap up in the tropics of the southernmost city in the continental U.S., Key West. Clear your calendars for this one, this is a running race you don’t want to miss!
Key West / February 7 – 9
Colorful Civil War re-enactments, the roar of cannon fire and the sight of soldiers in Civil War uniforms are to greet visitors at Key West’s oceanfront historic Civil War-era Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, as participants journey into the island’s past.
Key West / February 7
Key West’s own Conch Diva, Carmen Rodriguez presents the songbook of Carol King… from “Where You Lead” to “You’ve Got a Friend.” Note: This performance will take place at the San Carlos Institute. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
These are some of my favorite happenings this week and next in the Florida Keys. If you’re comig down to visit and stay with us at the KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas in our vacation rentals, share some of your favorite experiences with us …